Vision 20/20 is the ten–year master plan for developing 27 of the 50 acres that comprise the St. Joseph Catholic Church – Honey Creek site.
Beginning with the very first German immigrant farmers who founded our parish community in 1876, a vision of becoming something greater in the future has been embraced. In 1890 their descendants moved to our current location, building a wood–framed church that served until the completion of the "old stone church" (our current Daily Mass Chapel) in 1912. The great vision of those early generations would come to fruition nearly a century later when we built our current church. We have always been a church community with vision.
It is in this same spirit that we have set a vision for our parish community. This vision is focused to the year 2020. Our vision is one that will create the infrastructure needed to continue development of the church plant and the ministries, programs, and services for our people. "Vision 20/20: Our Faithful Response to God's Blessings" is our living out of stewardship as a way of life. It is a recognition that everything belongs to God, and we must respond to God's actions in our lives.
"The land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants. Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land." — Leviticus 25:23-24
Vision 20/20 is drawn from the master plan developed during Monsignor Terence Nolan's tenure, in the early 1990s. That master plan has been pulled off the shelf, reviewed, and updated periodically by the Pastoral and Finance Councils, but it essentially remains the document built during Msgr. Nolan's time. It has been passed down from Msgr. Nolan to Msgr. James Janish, and from Msgr. Janish to Father Jimmy Drennan.
The first major construction of the master plan envisioned was a new church building to accommodate a growing population moving to the Bulverde/Spring Branch area. The new church was built during Msgr. Janish's tenure and was dedicated in August 2006. The master plan continues to guide the pastor and the councils in planning for parish growth and developing the church site.
While extensive parishioner input will be sought for Phases II and III, parish leadership stepped forward to design Phase I in the interest of ensuring parishioner safety, physical security of the property, and water conservation. Phase I also establishes the road infrastructure for the remaining phases. It does so in a way that addresses the safety and security needs of the parish and ensures environmental stewardship. A new rectory has been constructed and a new building for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be constructed while Phase I has been and continues to take place, but both have been funded from different sources. The rectory allows the pastor to again reside on site, and the SVDP building will provide functional space to serve our community while freeing up their current space in the Parish Hall for other purposes.
We have experienced unauthorized access and use of our facilities after normal church hours, including vandalism of the cemetery, sacred areas, and restrooms. Gates to the property help to secure the property at night, preventing unauthorized access and inappropriate use of the facilities.
Safety is a foremost concern, protecting our parishioners as they enter and exit the property. Several traffic accidents have occurred at the main entrance in recent years. Additional entrances with turn and acceleration lanes will alleviate many of these concerns because they will be located at the far ends of the property. There is a new road that provide access to a new pastor's residence, a new Family Life Center (Phase II), and new Festival facilities and ball fields (Phase III). Additional parking will accommodate today's overflow crowds, moving them off of Highway 46, and will serve tomorrow's Family Life Center (Phase II).
Concern for our environment calls us to practice stewardship of our precious water supply in the Texas Hill Country. A rainwater catchment system will allow us to care for our beautiful property and landscaping while reserving our potable well water for inside use. When completed, it will be the largest rainwater catchment system in the area.
The preliminary cost estimate of Phase I is $750,000. Half of these funds were raised during the first year of the initial Vision 20/20: Phase I commitment period, as a result of the faith–filled stewardship of our parishioners. The remainder of the funds necessary to complete the Phase I improvements will be secured through a low-interest loan which will be serviced through the continued stewardship of our parishioners. Please consider completing making an annual commitment for regular giving by filling out a 2012 Promise Card to document your intended contribution. You may then use electronic giving or the envelopes in your monthly envelope packet and in the pews to fulfill your commitment. Completing your Promise Card will help the Pastoral and Financial Councils to plan ahead and schedule the next projects. Of course, the sooner we can collect the funds, the sooner we can begin the next project; the sooner we complete Phase I, the sooner we can begin Phase II.
Phase I has been divided into projects that can be constructed as the money becomes available. A secure gate across the main entrance below the new church was the first project, and has been completed. Parishioner design input reduced the cost from $40,000 to $10,000. The road projects have to be completed in the listed order as the following project is dependent on the one before it. The remaining projects can be constructed independently.
"I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly." — John 10:9-10
The new main entrance gate was fabricated and installed in Fall, 2011. Another gate will be used was installed at the the lower entrance below the Education Building. This allows the property to be secured at night.
"If you live in accordance with my precepts and are careful to observe my commandments, I will give you rain in due season, so that the land will bear its crops, and the trees their fruit; your threshing will last till vintage time, and your vintage till the time for sowing, and you will have food to eat in abundance, so that you may dwell securely in your land." — Leviticus 26:3-5
We are researching to find the best system for our needs. Our ability to store rainwater will take a huge burden off of our current well for irrigation of our Hill Country landscape and grounds. We are also looking into a grant to help pay for the project.
"And you shall be secure, because there is hope; you shall look round you and lie down in safety, and you shall take your rest with none to disturb." — Job 11:18-19
We have completed the engineering plans for widening Hwy. 46 and providing an access road onto the church property at the east side of the property. A gate will also be installed to secure access to the property. An internal road will lead from the east gate to a new lighted parking lot and a pedestrian walkway will lead to the front entrances of the main church building. The parts of this project that involve Hwy. 46 must be coordinated with, authorized, and inspected by the State of Texas. Construction will begin when funds are available.
"Observe my precepts and be careful to keep my regulations, for then you will dwell securely in the land." — Leviticus 25:18
When the widening of Hwy. 46 is completed, safe access to the west side of the property will be available from Hwy. 46. A gate will be added to the new west entrance to completely secure the property. At this time, the entrance below the Education Building will be permanently closed.
Phase II addresses the need for a larger family life/meeting center, to be built on the hill to the east of the new church building, with additional parking spaces. Any of you who have attended a parish function in the Parish Hall after Mass can readily attest to the fact that we have outgrown it! It was built in the 1960s when the parish census was about 150 families. We are closer to 1900 families today. Phase II will follow Phase I.
The Family Life Center will be designed to meet the needs of the parish and ministries as we get closer to building it. While the Pastoral Council can estimate parish needs, they have not decided on the actual number and function of rooms, kitchen size, etc. A series of town hall meetings will be scheduled as Phase I draws to a close. This will allow parishioner recommendations to be considered in finalizing the plans for Phase II.
Phase III will establish a pedestrian courtyard with green space between the main church and Daily Mass Chapel, replace the Festival pavilion, improve the ball field, and provide parking for both. A series of town hall meetings will be scheduled to identify parish needs for Phase III.
The master plan was first published in the 2010 Parish Directory distributed in December 2010. It was also presented to the parish during weekend masses in May 2011, and an informational brochure was passed out with the Bulletin. To see a visual representation of what the parish property might look like after all three Phases are complete, click here. The Vision 20/20 Phase I brochure may be accessed through the links box on the right.
I pray that You give me the wisdom to guide me on this faith journey of stewardship.
Help me to understand that everything I have is a gift from You.
Open my heart and my mind so that I may use these marvelous gifts of time, talent, and treasure to give back to You here on Earth.
I pray that You welcome me into Your kingdom at the end of my life and that You are pleased with what I have done with all Your gifts.